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Known as an artists’ getaway in the 1960s and ’70s, Manhattan‘s hip SoHo neighborhood is famous for its cast-iron architecture, trendy shops, and innovative art galleries. SoHo spans the area from South Houston Street to Canal Street, and is bounded on the east by Lafayette Street. Here are our curated picks of the top 10 things to see and do in SoHo.
Before you shake your head as to why an Apple Store is on our list, get a load of this – exclusive, minimal publicity events are held right upstairs in the Apple Theater. Events are usually posted online a week or two ahead of time, so be sure to check the site for details. Upcoming events include a Meet the Filmmaker series, including the directors from the films The Gift and That Sugar Film, a documentary on the effects of excessive sugar intake.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Mercer Kitchen has continuously drawn a crowd of fresh talents from the art and fashion world. Candlelit sconces, exposed brick, and long communal tables give the restaurant a high end, stylish ambiance. Guests can enjoy an open kitchen and watch the chefs prepare their meals, which include options from a raw seafood bar and truffle pizza. Be sure to visit the elegant bar area and enjoy the customer favorite Raspberry Lychee Bellini.
The home of the beloved cronut, Dominique Ansel Bakery has delivered mouthwatering creative treats to its customers since opening its doors in late 2011. The cronut, a hybrid between a croissant and a doughnut, has gained popularity throughout the world and has earned owner Dominique Ansel the James Beard award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. For a fun twist on the original chocolate chip cookie, be sure to try the chocolate chip cookie shots served with vanilla milk. Not to be missed is the lobster tail creation – a pull apart pretzel stuffed with butter-crunch brittle and peanut butter that comes served with whipped brown butter honey.
The original Pegu Club opened its doors in 1882 in Burma to serve British army officers and administrators. This SoHo hotspot plays a great homage to its past, with a classy night lounge designed to impress customers with its signature house cocktail, made with dry gin, orange bitters, lime juice, and orange Curaçao. Be sure to try the Earl Grey MarTEAni, which has a light lemon flavor and comes topped with egg froth.